Ukrainian Studies

University of Toronto

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Elementary Ukrainian
Basic vocabulary, simple sentence patterns, essential morphology. Regular language laboratory sessions. This course is for students with little or no knowledge of the language.

Intermediate Ukrainian
Study of morphology through grammar drills; oral practice in the language laboratory; reading of texts from Ukrainian literature.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Ukrainian and Russian Civilization and Art to the 18th Century
Examines the history, archaeology, anthropology, religions, architecture, and art of Ukraine and Russia from prehistory to the end of the Baroque era. The ethnic origins of the Ukrainians and Russians and the development of their nations, states, churches, and cultures; Scythian, Greco-Roman, Byzantine, Western European, and Oriental influences. Lectures illustrated with slides.

Faking It
The role of forgery in cultural, national, and personal identities. A scholar "discovering" an "ancient" manuscript, a noblewoman in disguise joining the army, an impostor conning a provincial town, a writer faking political loyalty. Literary texts from Central and Eastern Europe expose the porous boundaries between authenticity and lies, highlighting the artificiality and vulnerability of social and cultural conventions. Taught in English, all readings in English.

Ukrainian Literature and Culture
A general survey of Ukrainian culture through an examination of selected literary works and their historical context. The course covers the period from Kievan Rus' to the present. Readings in English.

20th Century Ukrainian Fiction in Translation
A selection of Ukrainian novels and short fiction in English translation. From the intellectual novel of the 1920s, through socialist realism, to the new prose of the 1980s, and the literature of independent Ukraine. Authors include Pidmohylny, Antonenko-Davydovych, Honchar, Zahrebelny, Andrukhovych, and Dibrova.
Recommended preparation: any course in literature

Literature of the Ukrainian-Canadian Experience
A selection of literary texts depicting or reflecting the experience and perceptions of Ukrainians in Canada from the first immigrants to the present. Texts include works originally written in English and Ukrainian, but all readings are in English. Authors include: Kiriak, Ryga, Galay, Suknaski, Keefer.
Recommended preparation: any course in literature

Women and Women's Themes in Ukrainian Literature
Examines the presentation of women and specifically women's themes in Ukrainian literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. The works studied in the course are by both women and men and are in a variety of genres (long and short prose, drama, poetry). Among the subjects covered in the readings are: traditional and non-traditional role models for women; the conflict between women's freedom and national freedom; socialism, feminism, chauvinism; sexuality and emancipation. Among the authors to be considered are Lesia Ukrainka, Olha Kobylianska, Marko Vovchok, Oksana Zabuzhko. All readings are in English.
Recommended preparation: any course in literature

Stone Books to Sky Books: The Book as Institution, Commerce and Art
Evolution of the book and printed media in Central and Eastern Europe: legends (and forgeries) of ancient letters, mediaeval illuminated manuscripts, forbidden and "supernatural" books, hand-written and painted books of modernist and avant-garde artists, books as a way of living and dying. Readings in English.

Kyiv—Kiev—Kijow: A City through Cultures and Centuries
A cultural history of the Ukrainian capital; Ukrainian, Russian, Polish and Jewish “versions” of the city; artworks and literary texts that capture the complexity of Kyivan history and culture. Readings in the original languages encouraged but not required

The Culture of Contemporary Ukraine
Contemporary Ukraine is an amalgam of various cultural traditions. This course examines its languages, religions, nationalities, literature, cinema, arts, print and broadcast media, regions, education, and social groups. Special attention is given to the factors that influence public perceptions of identity. All readings are in English.

Ivan Franko
Ivan Franko is one of the most important, influential, innovative, industrious, intrepid, and impenetrable figures in the history of Ukrainian literature. This seminar explores a selection of his belletristic writings to uncover a fascinating, factious, forceful and fastidious poet and novelist. It also examines the peculiar context of Western Ukrainian culture in Austria-Hungary before WWI. All readings in English.

Breaking Away from Empire: Ukrainian Fiction Since Independence
This course traces the extraordinary development of Ukrainian prose since the collapse of the Soviet Union. We will explore postmodernist euphoria, colonial angst, cultural entropy, hooliganism, national identity, gender issues, and other aspects of modern Ukraine as they are reflected in the works of writers such as Oksana Zabuzhko, Yuri Andrukhovych, Serhii Zhadan, Taras Prokhasko and others. All readings in English.

The Ukrainian Short Story
The development of the short story from Kvitka-Osnovianenko to the present day. All readings in the original. Now offered occasionally as a language course.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Ukrainian Drama
The development of Ukrainian drama from Kotliarevsky to the present day. All readings in the original.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Ukrainian Poetry
A survey of Ukrainian poetry from Skovoroda to the present day. All readings in the original.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

The Ukrainian Novel
Major works by Kulish, Nechui-Levytsky, Myrny, Franko, Kotsiubynsky, Kobylianska, Vynnychenko, Pidmohylny, Honchar and Andrukhovych. Readings in Ukrainian.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Taras Shevchenko
A critical study of Taras Shevchenko. Life, literary works, art works, and significance. Readings in Ukrainian.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Ukrainian Literature of the 17th and 18th Centuries
A survey of Ukrainian literature from the Renaissance to the National Revival: polemical literature, baroque poetry, school drama, religious and philosophical treatises, history-writing, dumy and satire. Major figures include Smotrysky, Vyshensky, Prokopovych and Skovoroda. Works are read in modern Ukrainian and English translations.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Recommended preparation: A 400-level course in Ukrainian literature

Ukrainian for the 21st Century
An introduction to contemporary Ukrainian using approaches beyond grammar and traditional classrom interaction. Emphasis is on the enhancement of language skills in the context of contemporary Ukraine. Students develop practical skills based on traditional media as well as on multimedia resources, including those of the internet.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Recommended preparation: SLA 208Y, 308Y

Aspects of Literary Translation of Ukrainian
This course introduces the problems of written translation of literary works from Ukrainian into English: evaluation and comparison of existing translations, practical exercises; treatment of common difficulties in translating, various literary genres and styles, dialectical, social, generational and other subvarieties of language, as well as idiomatic and figurative language.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Recommended preparation: SLA308Y or permission of instructor.

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